Arrived Narita International to clear blue skies and sunshine. The shuttle and then train in to the city took just over an hour and it was heartening to recognise familiar landmarks as one began to orientate oneself once again to the sprawling metropolis that is Tokyo.I had forgotten quite how delightful the prevalence of courtesy and manners were when one is out and about shopping or merely walking and exploring downtown Shibuya. The assault on the senses by lights, sounds, and traffic is all consuming.IMG_1404IMG_1358Wandering around the shopping streets, I was struck by the number of “Poodle Parlours” and shops selling miniature dogs. There appears to be a predilection for miniatures in Tokyo. I guess the size of dog is more conducive to apartment living .IMG_1369Prices were also fairly elevated. The few that I saw were anywhere between two and three thousand pounds!Well time marches on and we are expecting number2 daughter and boyfriend and also a good friend from “Blighty” to arrive today as a precursor to us all sharing Christmas together.25.12.15Christmas day saw all seven of us out to a gourmet michelin restaurant called Au bon Accueil. Seven beautifully prepared dishes, exquisitely presented along with appropriate wines. Based in the Setagaya Ku suburb, this delightful little restaurant only has room for fifteen or so covers.Rising to leave I went along to thank and compliment the chef who, graciously came out to the street to wave us bye bye.
27.12.15Caught up with some of the news from ‘Blighty’. Quite sad to see the images of flooding and flood damage that appears to have hit N.W. England.

31.12.15New Years Eve, saw us at the Park Hyatt Tokyo for afternoon tea that stretched into early evening.IMG_1538Later we all repaired down to a Shinto shrine called “Kitazwa Hachiman” to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
02.01.16As with every new year celebration, a period of re-adjustment ensues that takes a couple of days to re-engage with normality.IMG_1523

Part of the crew out in Shibuya

Part of the crew out in Shibuya

 

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